Pre-Professional Pointe Intensive  

July 5th - August 6th

 Ages 18-23


Director: Meridith Benson

Pointe specialists: Mario de la Nuez, Amy Harold, Alexandra Brannon, & guest teachers



This is a specialized intensive is for the advanced ballet student who needs to strengthen their pointe work. It is designed for dancers who are beginning the process of auditioning for apprenticeships with professional companies but are not quite ready for that next step.


We work on the basics of the pointe technique, spending needed time at the barre doing basic releves and strengthening foot exercises to improve the dancer’s ability to perform variations and choreography on pointe with strength and finesse.We teach the whole body approach to pointe work working on proper alignment, rotation, and placement.


The intensive is a 3, 4, 5 or 6 week program that consists of a 2 hour ballet technique class Monday through Friday followed by 1 1/2 hr pointe class 3 days/wk and variations 2 days/wk.


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

9:30-11:30      Ballet technique

11:45-1:15     Pointe technique


Tuesday and Thursday

9:30-11:30     Ballet technique

11:45-1:15     Pointe barre, Centerwork- Classical Variations


Auditions are required. We offer dancers the option of sending in a video or coming in for a in class audition. Please send any audition videos, class audition requests, or intensive questions to

Audition Class Times  *Auditions by appointment only

Monday through Friday

9:30am - 11:00am


12:30pm - 2:00pm 



Also of interest - Check out our excellent professional company - DE LA Dance Company has a 30 week contract with a 4 four series Season of classical full length ballets as well as new contemporary repertory. Aside from providing high quality performances, the company directors offer individual dancer training, coaching and mentoring to those eager talented dancers who are committing their lives to dance. Contracts are available to dancers who are looking for a chance to improve their ballet technique and fill in some training they missed in their previous years and who are hungry to improve.

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